Queen Elizabeth used her annual Christmas address to deliver a message of hope, saying that light will prevail over the recent "darkness" in the world, NBC News reported.
The 89-year-old monarch acknowledged "the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year" but said "the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope... 'Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.'"
A number of terror attacks – including a spree in Paris that left 130 dead – have been carried out this year. Europe also has been overwhelmed by waves of refugees fleeing wars in Syria and Iraq.
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"Millions of people are lighting candles of hope in our world today," the queen went on to say. "Christmas is a good time to be thankful for them and for all that bring light to our lives."